Thursday, February 21, 2013


From Rouse's translation of the Iliad.  After Apollo and Athena encourage Hector to challenge the Greek host to send someone forward to fight him singly:

Apollo and Athena in the form of two vultures perched upon the tall oak tree, and looked on with great enjoyment.
Vultures, how very fitting.  In the poem the whole Trojan war was started over rivalry between gods, and the conflict was a proxy one - men dying at the behest of the powerful and immortal.  Their vanity consuming the lives and flesh of lowly men.  Very vulture-like, and much like some generals I can think of.

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